What remains of the 1Ghz barrier in the mobile world will largely come-a-tumbling-down this holiday shopping season as mobile phone makers like Acer and HTC get ready to launch power-packed smartphones featuring Qualcomm’s 1Ghz Snapdragon chipsets. DigiTimes is reporting that both Acer’s F1 and HTC’s Leo Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional smartphones will make some good use of the Snapdragon chipset’s dual processing cores when they launch later this year. With their arrival, Snapdragon will bring the hurt to a smartphone market largely lacking any Ghz-savvy hardware.
The common thread for Snapdragon-powered smartphones is their emphasis on multimedia. One of the Snapdragon processor’s two cores is a dedicated 600Mhz DSP processor, the other 1Ghz processor is dedicated to front-of-house business (apps, movies, web surfing, etc.). Like the Toshiba TG01 before it, the Acer F1 and HTC Leo both feature larger than life displays and slim profiles.
The Acer F1, which first showed itself at Mobile World Congress 2009, features an expansive 3.8-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 – all packaged in a slim form-factor reminiscent of the Toshiba TG01. We’d already heard that Acer’s F1 would be powered by Snapdragon bits, but it’s good to have confirmation.
What’s new here is the confirmation that HTC’s Leo hides a Snapdragon processor underneath its massive 4.3-inch capacitance touchscreen. The slate-style HTC Leo is a Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional smartphone, and is rumored to sport all the usual high-end smartphone trimmings (high-megapixel camera, GPS, WiFi, 3G data, Bluetooth, etc.). And, with one Snapdragon core handling voice calls and signal processing while another core handles applications processing, the HTC Leo is shaping up to be a seriously impressive smartphone. TouchFLO 3D never had it so good.
We’re also hearing that Snapdragon is making its way into many other smarphones this year. Unfortunately, we’ll likely have to wait out the holidays to see these handsets making it to market.
Bring the hurt, Qualcomm, bring the hurt.